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GH ELECTION UPDATE

MP – Elect for Assin North Spotted In Parliament Despite Court Injunction

BY : Osei Kwame Acquah

The Member of Parliament-Elect for Assin North on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress, NDC, James Gyakye Quayson has been spotted in Parliament despite a Cape Coast High Court granting an injunction against his swearing-in.

He was identified with the NDC MPs to take the Majority side in parliament removing the names of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MPs-elect from the chairs and taking their seats.

A petition was filed by Michael Ankomah that the MP-elect still held on to his Canadian citizenship when he was filing to contest in the December polls.

According to the petitioner, Mr. Quayson owes allegiance to both Ghana and Canada which contravenes the provision of Article 94 (2) (a) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.

He therefore urged the court to declare Mr. Quayson’s position as MP-elect null and void.

Mr. Quayson, the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) MP-elect, polled 17,498 while the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Madam Abena Durowaa Mensah had 14,793 in the December 7, 2020 election.

But giving his ruling on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, the presiding judge, Justice Kwasi Boakye said Mr. Quayson was “constrained from holding himself out as Member of Parliament-elect for the Assin North constituency within the Central Region of the Republic of Ghana and further presenting himself to be sworn in as Member of Parliament-elect as such until the final determination of the petition.”

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